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Lady Blazers cruise to win in Sodexo Classic

VINCENNES, Ind. — Sophomore Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville, Ind.) scored a career-high 32 points on Friday, as the Vincennes University women’s basketball team rolled past the Lindenwood-Belleville junior varsity squad, 123-40, on the opening night of play in the Sodexo Classic in the P.E. Complex.

The Lady Trailblazers had a 13-0 scoring run, which led to a 25-6 lead at the end of the opening period. A 22-0 run in the second period helped stretch the lead to 56-13 at halftime. The Lady Blazers were on top after three periods, 90-28, and took their biggest lead of the night, 121-37 — in the game’s final minute.

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Henry made 14 of 17 shots, including a pair of 3-point baskets, on the way to the 32-point output. She was joined in double figures by freshman Gara Jorge Garcia (Galdar, Spain) and freshman Codou Ndore (Somone, Senegal) with 17 points each, while sophomore Fess Hawkins (Bentonville, Ark.) chipped in with 11.

Hawkins finished with 16 rebounds to post a double-double. Henry, freshman Anete Bluma (Saldus, Latvia) and Jorge Garcia all snared seven rebounds, as VU held a 67-22 advantage on the backboards.

Hawkins led the team with three blocked shots, while sophomore Grace Yocum (Frankfort, Ky.) added two. Freshman Amani Brown (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Jorge Garcia shared team honors with five assists each.

VU Coach Harry Meeks says. . .

“I think we played the style of ball that we need to play all the time. The progress we’ve made over the past few games has been that we run the ball and try to make it a full court game, both offensively and defensively.”

“I think style of play is going to be very, very important for us. We’re going to try to be a running team, and try to be a good shooting team. I think tonight we shot the ball pretty well and got out and ran. Everybody did their job and that bodes well for us in the long run.”

Notes

  • The Lady Trailblazers (6-3) are three games above .500 for the first time this season. They’re also on a three-game winning streak for the first time this season.
  • The Lady Trailblazers are now 2-0 in home games this season. They’re 2-1 in away games and 2-2 in games played on neutral floors.
  • The Lindenwood-Belleville junior varsity played the game with only five players. Jataia Harris led the way with 18 points.
  • The Lady Trailblazers hit 54 of 93 shots for 58.1 percent, while forcing the Lady Lynx into 31 turnovers.

Next up

VU will wrap up play in the Sodexo Classic by hosting the Indiana Tech Junior Varsity on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST in the P.E. Complex.

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